Acceptable Workplace Behaviour Service
The University has a network of Acceptable Behaviour Supporters who are volunteers trained to provide an informal advisory service to staff experiencing unacceptable behaviour, bullying or harassment at work. They can also support staff who are facing allegations about their own behaviour.
If you would like some advice, please make initial contact directly with one of the Supporters by email, ensuring that you state 'confidential' as the email subject. You are welcome to contact any Supporter directly - they don't necessarily have to be based your own Faculty / Department.
Confidentiality will be maintained at all times, unless there is an unacceptable risk to the individual, another person or the University. A brief, anonymous record of your discussion will be kept confidentially and will only ever be used for monitoring of trends and themes.
Acceptable Behaviour Supporters
Sue Christie - Laboratory Manager
My firm held belief is that no member of staff, whatever their role, should have to tolerate unacceptable behaviour whilst at work. I firmly believe that early intervention and help will prevent a situation from becoming intolerable. I have dealt with many difficult and confidential situations within my current role, I am a good listener and non-judgmental.
All of us must be able to go about our work without having to suffer bullying, harassment or any other form of inappropriate behaviour from others. This sort of behaviour still goes on, but none of us have to suffer in silence - it is possible to be free from such oppression, however long it has gone on for, and whatever form it takes, so we can begin to enjoy our work again. Acceptable Behaviour Supporters are there to help, advise and support colleagues through that process. For my part, I am able to offer a listening ear, a non-judgemental attitude, empathy and enduring support to any colleague who is in need of it, and I can bring with me experience in dealing with difficult situations and people in the business and academic worlds.
Michelle Taylor - School Administrator
Having managed and mentored various staff, I’ve often found myself giving advice on various queries to many others, whether it be University policies or getting the best from people you may find difficult. We spend a lot of time at work, quite often we’re here more often than we are not, so I believe it should at the very least be a happy time, however that looks to you. We all deserve to be treated with dignity, respect and value, after all, we’re the chosen experts in our field.
Mohamed Ghorbel - Research Fellow
I am strongly against bullying and harassment and feel it should be removed from all areas of life, whether it is in the school playground or in a work environment. In order to help ensure this does not occur, it is important to have someone you can talk to in confidence, who can help you make those first vital steps to stopping it for good.
Aneta Taylor - Research Administrator
I think that everyone should have the opportunity, whatever their background may be, to be surrounded by people that they respect and are inspired by and who respect and value them. We all should stand for the universal values such as: honesty, equality, kindness, compassion, treating people the way we want to be treated and helping those in need.
Mascia Amici - Senior Research Associate
I want to be able to help University staff facing the challenges of unacceptable behaviour, when they may not know what to do or how to react. I became a Supporter to offer confidential and useful advice and to contribute to the maintenance of an excellent working environment.